Emergency Procedures

Extreme Weather

Extreme weather is often the cause of distress situations. Many disasters could have been avoided by reducing the speed and by heaving-to in time.

  • Inform Master and crew
  • Reduce speed
  • Close watertight doors
  • Secure all loose items on deck, in the accommodation and in the engine room
  • Manoeuvre vessel in view to prevent damages and ensure seaworthiness (vessel and cargo)
  • Observe weather conditions and log any changes
  • Inform Company and if necessary any third party
  • Contact radio station for further details on weather evaluation
  • Inspect regularly

    • doors
    • cargo lashing
    • equipment
    • cranes
    • lifeboats and life rafts
    • etc.

  • Good care has to be taken not to be alone, to be secured and to be on continuous radio (e.g. walkie-talkie) contact once outside the accommodation
  • Consider stability of the vessel (e.g. : fill up slack ballast tanks)
  • Record in logbook of all measures taken and inform regularly the Company about the situation